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October 05, 2010

Blu Homes Revamps Element Eco Prefab

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Several months ago, we took a look at an Element prefab by Blu Homes in Rhode Island.  The Element model has been revised recently and now includes up to 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, and 12' ceilings.  The contemporary home design is available in two sizes, 36' x 20'6" or 48 x 20'6", and comes standard with a number of green features:

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October 04, 2010

Passive House Retrofit in California

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It's official, construction is complete on the first Passive House project in California and the first Passive House retrofit in the nation.  Designed by Lail Design Group and built by Solar Knights Construction, the O'Neill Passive House is an example how to greenly renovate an older home to superior energy efficiency standards. 

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September 30, 2010

C3 Modular House Going Up in Chicago

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Square Root Architecture + Design just began construction of its first prefab home in Chicago.  The C3 Modular Home is participating in the Chicago Green Homes program and will shoot for LEED Platinum certification with green elements such as Energy Star appliances, WaterSense fixtures, a mini-split HVAC system, multiple layers of insulation, high performance windows, and a solar thermal system. 

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September 27, 2010

Passive House: Brighter Shade of Green

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Today, the most viewed and emailed article on the NY Times is one on Passive House, "Can we Build in a Brighter Shade of Green?"  The concept of Passive House has been growing in popularity over the last eight years or so, especially in green building circles.  These homes are ultra energy-efficient and, with some on-site energy generation, can be energy neutral or energy producing. 

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September 25, 2010

New Prices for Green Blue Sky Homes

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Blue Sky Homes, maker of modern, green, steel homes, recently announced a new infusion of funding and, with that, a new website, new pricing, and new projects slated for construction this fall. 

The California company first built a modern home in Yucca Valley, which by the way is open for reserved tours on October 23, and now has a pipeline of subsequent homes in various stages of construction. 

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September 20, 2010

Efficient Modular Zero Homes in Maine

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This month, Modular builder Keiser Homes and architecture firm Kaplan Thompson Architects launched the net zero energy series of modular homes called the "Modular Zero Collection."  These homes have been designed to use the smallest amount of energy possible and, if purchasers opt for solar hot water and solar photovoltaics, can produce as much energy as is consumed on an annual basis. 

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September 18, 2010

Small, Green, Affordable in The Big Easy

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The USGBC recently held a competition for the design of an affordable, single-family house with between 720 and 880 square feet that meets the requirements of LEED Platinum certification.  Local chapters chose 49 designs and a national jury picked two professional finalists and two student finalists.  These four designs will be built in the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans by enviRenew.

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September 16, 2010

Reclaimed Style Family Retreat in Aptos

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I just recently learned of this contemporary retreat designed by CCS Architecture for an eight-person family.  The 2,800 square-foot home sits on a picturesque, 20-acre site nestled about five miles inland from the beach town of Aptos, California.  It's a vacation place, which some of you won't think is all that green, but the owners and design team worked to make the $1.8 million project a low-impact one. 

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September 15, 2010

Zevon Platinum Passive House in Utah

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Dave Brach, architect of the first Passive House in Utah, and Benchmark Modern, builder of this modern LEED home, are working on a new project in the Salt Lake City area called Zevon.  The home, which is under construction right now, is being built – for the most part – to Passive House standards and will seek LEED Platinum certification when completed.

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September 11, 2010

New Modern Green Homes from Lindal

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Dwell and its writers/editors have considerable influence in the prefab industry.  They made a big move last year announcing the Dwell Homes Collection of “warm modern” prefabs designed by Turkel Design and produced by Lindal Cedar Homes.  This year, Lindal and Turkel Design added seven new plans to the collection and they’re beautiful, to put it simply.

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